GVSU reaches $40K settlement over guinea pig

Grand Valley State University has reached a $40,000 settlement with a student who sued for the right to keep a guinea pig on campus for emotional support.
AP Wire
Mar 10, 2013


The settlement avoids litigation costs and the Allendale school denies improper action.

Kendra Velzen sued last year, saying the school was violating federal housing rules. She says the guinea pig helped her cope with physical and emotional challenges.

She had been allowed to keep the animal but was concerned with possible restrictions.

Velzen and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, which supported her efforts, agreed to dismiss the lawsuit last month.

As part of the settlement, the school plans to work with the center on a policy for accommodating support animals in on-campus housing.



Pretty good money for a rodent that has been dead for over a year. I guess that about covers the dirty little critters funeral expenses. What a poor excuse to extort money from a college, not being able to carry your guinea pig around campus with you for 'support' (we we we we we). "GVSU let her have the gp(rat), but never told her it was OK unconditionally. As part of that temporary exception, GVSU tried to impose rules that would prohibit her, in part, from taking her guinea pig to common areas of the building, to class or food-service areas. She did not agree to the rules, her attorney said."
And she sure has received a lot of notoriety for this frivolous lawsuit.
Was her expulsion from GVSU a part of that settlement? Seems like after this brewhaha, she would NEVER get accepted to any other university.


Is this a real story? Am I in the Twilight Zone? Wow; just because we live in a free society does not mean we get to do whatever we want, whenever we want. And if we don't, just sue someone.


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